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Why Did John Morrison Change His Name?

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Now that John Morrison is back in AAA, the former WWE Superstar has aimed his new identity at his previous employer. Morrison’s 90-day non-compete agreement expired earlier this month after his termination by WWE on November 18 last year. On Saturday night, the retired WWE star made an appearance at Rey de Reyes concert and said his new moniker is John Superstar. This would be his eleventh different name. 

Here is all the information you need to know about John Morrison’s name change.


John Randall Hennigan, sometimes known as John Morrison, is a pro wrestler & actor from the United States. He was born on October 3, 1979. He is best known for his time working with WWE, wherein he performed for pay between 2002 to 2011 and subsequently between 2019 to 2021. After taking first place at Tough Enough III, Hennigan was transferred to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), the organization’s development division, to continue his wrestling education. Hennigan was added to the WWE SmackDown roster in April 2005 and given the ring moniker Johnny Nitro. In his debut match on the show, he won his WWE Tag Team Championships (as a part of the tag team, MNM). Before joining WWE, Hennigan competed as a lead or major event wrestler for various independent wrestling organizations.

It was unexpected how understated John Morrison’s return to WWE television was when he emerged behind such a dressing room door to appear on SmackDown in January 2020. Morrison had previously held the TNA/Impact World Championship. It was a little strange how his homecoming was handled, given that the Royal Rumble is quickly approaching and fans are eager for surprise entries and audience responses. At first impression, the now-40-year-old Morrison looked just like the nine years-old-old Johnny Nitro who had last seen on WWE television.

The ECW World Championship, his AAA Mega Championship, wrestling Impacts World Championship, as well as the Lucha Underground Championship have all been won by John Morrison. In addition, he won the WWE tag team championship six times and the Intercontinental Championship three times (one World Tag Team Championship, 4 WWE Tag Team Championships, & 1 SmackDown Tag Team Championship). He held the AAA Mega Champion, AAA Latin American Champions league, and AAA World Cruiserweight Champions league simultaneously. Morrison was a fixture on Lucha Underground for all four years. He was also AAA’s first-ever triple Champion. He has been the main attraction at several WWE and Impacts compensation events, including Bound for Glory, in 2017 and 2018. Kira Renée 

Magnin-Forster, often referred to as Taya Valkyrie, is John Morrison’s wife.

They were wed in 2018. Additionally, Morrison and Valkyrie are both wrestlers. Morrison started dressing strangely and changed his name to Drip Drip because then fans could chant it. The WWE Universe enthusiastically chanted along with it, praising it. Morrison profited from this by using water guns to further popularise the phrase.

He has gone by several unique names 

Since John Morrison has had various intriguing ring names throughout the years, there have been a few amusing jokes about his moniker when he returns to the WWE. John Hennigan, Morrison’s true name, was used to begin his professional career before being changed to Johnny Blaze. Before Morrison made his WWE debut, WWE determined that the name might be altered to Johnny Spade and afterward Johnny Nitro.

After deciding that his name was too similar to WCW, Vince McMahon changed it to John Morrison. This was his stage name until he quit the WWE and joined Lucha Underground as Johnny Mundo. It will be interesting to see if WWE chooses to give him a new name upon his comeback or revert to the already well-known John Morrison ring. Johnny Impact is the name he adopted in 2017 when he signed with Impact Wrestling. He has also gone by Johnny Blackcraft, Johnny Superstar, Johnny Onyx, and Johnny Ultra.

John Morrison has had several rebranding

For Morrison, who has had multiple name changes over his professional wrestling career, a name change is nothing new. The former International Champion had several identities, including Johnny Mundo, Johnny Nitro, and Johnny Blaze. At this point, it’s unclear if the current change request was intended to be permanent or just temporary for the AAA tournament. Recent rumors suggested that Morrison rejoin the organization and team up with The Miz to face Dominik & Rey Mystery during WrestleMania. Fightful Select’s Sean Ross Sapp has confirmed such is not the case. Sapp also claimed that Morrison was never discussed or considered for the role of The Miz’s tag team teammate at this year’s WrestleMania. There must be no shortage of demand from other businesses to hire John Superstar now that he is no longer subject to his 90-day non-compete provision.

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